WRITER - ACTIVIST - PERFORMER
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WRITER - ACTIVIST - PERFORMER
Daniel 'Kwabena' James Bailey is the founder of The Palace of The Dogs. Currently exploring Film Making, Playwriting, photography, Journalism and Creative Writing – he makes his living as a Performer in Theatre.
Originally from Hackney, London; The 'Arts Activist' cares deeply for the issues concerning those whose voices are silenced within British society. He endeavours to advocate the need for those affected by racism and classism to have access to an artistic platform, as a means to express themselves in a safe and healthy environment.
Kwabena, formally Daniel Bailey, began his training at 16 years of age, where he gained a National Diploma in Musical Theatre and Dance. He Later trained as an actor at TheSalon:collective, where he continues his training in the Meisner Technique.
Wizard Of Oz (Pitlochry Festival), King (Hackney Empire), Priscilla Queen Of The Desert (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Hair (vaults), Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre), Lion King (Lyceum Theatre), South Pacific (Barbican, UK Tour), Flahooley (Sadlers Wells), Blues Brother (Erasmus Theatre), Hair (Ljubljana Festival), Dino Story (The Other Palace), Chicken Little (The Other Palace), Wheel Of Misfortune (The Old Red Lion Theatre), Gertie (Rehearsed Reading), Are You As Nervous As I Am (Workshop), Just A Man (Rehearsed Reading) and This Is Also England (Rehearsed Reading)
English Breakfast is a continued conversation from a short film, WEAK TEA, that made shortly after the Brexit Referendum; Exploring the ideas around 'what does it mean to be British?'
The initial project
(Weak Tea - 2016)
explored how Britain's
ignorance to her history
with colonisation has
formed a patriarchal
structure of society.
Further discussing how
in the lack of taking
responsibility, the UK has alienated the ethnic minorities and culture that has made Britain great.
The theatrical piece explores how this structure effects ethnic minorities in Britain and the propaganda used to puppeteer the working class. The play was initially explored at the 'Kings Head Theatre' with Monorogue (2017) and further explored at the 'Lyric Hammersmith' early 2018. The piece has just been accepted onto a development programme - OpenDoor, to further its development and gain funding.
Other projects in research and development include I Am British!!! A two hand piece of rap, spoken work and dance, a conversation between heroins Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale.
Art has long been forbidden for its subversive effects on the residents and its tendency to lead to illegal magical practices.
ThePalaceOfTheDogs (TPOTD) ,launched May 2015, is a online magazine for those who wish to explore identity and expression in art and politics; inciting the progression of a vocal generation in our society.
The Collective was established January 2017, to vary the methods used to represent these marginalised communities; Consisting of Activists, Creatives, Visual Artists and Writers. Assembling this Vanguar, was Daniel's successful endeavour to connect creatives, giving them the platform to share work under ThePalaceOfTheDogs.
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